Selling your home or purchasing a new one can be a stressful event for everyone involved. A good real estate agent can help you navigate the process without losing your mind while a bad real estate agent may just make the whole process even more stressful. If you want to know more about what to look for out of your real estate agent, and how you can evaluate a good real estate agent versus a bad real estate agent, keep reading and take into consideration the following:
Values Your Time
Being late to an appointment is a sign of disrespect to the person that you are supposed to meet. If your real estate agent is late, or a no show on a consistent basis, it may be time for a change. Timing is often key in real estate. If your real estate agent can’t keep a simple appointment, how can they be expected to meet a deadline in the heat of an offer and/or a counter offer? They should also only have appointments when necessary. Valuing your time means giving you time to think things through as well.
Values Your Input
If you have a specific home in mind and criteria you want in each suggestion, let your real estate agent know. If you mention something you like they should be able to tell you about similar houses in the area, or houses that can be adapted to your specific needs and wants. A house is a very personal purchase, and a good real estate agent will sync up with you and help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Values Your Calls
Trying to get your real estate agent on the phone should not be a daunting task – and it should be something you identify up-front with them. If you want to talk to your real estate agent every time you call, working with a real estate agent that might be part of a team may not be a good choice for you. Ask them in advance who will be fielding your calls and questions and make sure you are comfortable with situation. Also, if you do call and leave a message, it should be promptly returned. Having to chase after your real estate agent might be a sign that it’s time to make a change.
Values Your Goals
If the goal is to sell your home either at a specific price, or within a specific time frame, a good real estate agent will work with you to get you there; provided it’s realistic in the first place. At the same time, a good real estate agent will tactfully tell you if your goals are unrealistic and help you identify price point and timelines in advance. If your list price is not supported by the market, a good real estate agent should either tell you what it will take to get you there, or will suggest a new list price. A bad real estate agent will simply list your property without providing you the right insight and working with you to put together a scenario that is realistic.
Values Their Business
Networking is an important part of the real estate business. A good real estate agent is plugged into the local community which can help them find a buyer or a seller much quicker than an agent that is not similarly plugged in. An outstanding agent will work not only with the local community, but they might also leverage global partners to ensure your home is being marketed on a larger scale.
When you are selling your home, or buying one for that matter, you need to have the right tools at your disposal and a good real estate agent is one of those tools. Make sure you interview carefully, make the right decision and are comfortable with all the real estate agent you choose has to offer.
Article and insights provided by Brooke Chaplan.